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Swap Positive Featured on Tokyo TV!

Yuki Asahina from Tokyo TV sent a link to the web page for the TV program which featured Swap Positive in their economic segment!


Go 2/3 down the page and you’ll find the video. You can see the Swap Positive segment between 4:12-5:41 minutes.  Even though I don’t speak Japanese, I can see by the flavor of the other segments that this was a ‘save money’ segment for their economic magazine news report.

Yuki added “I just wanted to thank you again for the opportunity to meet with you and your community and we have enjoyed our stay in Portland.”
Thank you Swappers for sharing kindness, recycling, community, and thrift with the world!
Barb Hughes
P.S.  Tokyo TV said the reason they chose Swap Positive to be on their Economic Magazine Show was because we had the highest SEO for this sort of thing.  On 05.17.19 I consulted IT expert, Ilene Klang. Ilene reported that since Swap Positive is currently a free wordpress site, it only gives some data…but it’s excellent data – the kind that Advertisers LIKE A LOT:
1. Very consistent views
2. Very “Sticky” views – people come to the site and stay/look around.


Ilene suggested with my leadership and Swap Positive mission/message for CEO’s, and the online data for CFO’s, I should pitch partnership to forward-thinking business.  So here’s my pitch: I want to create partnerships with businesses who want to expand their sustainability/recycling programs through Swap Positive in their communities, while benefitting local nonprofits.  If you are a proactive business, or an individual who wants to help support the growth of Swap Positive for good, please click our contact page for more information on how you can tangibly help.

Clothing Swap Video

This is a video KATU TV took explaining how Free clothing swaps work.  This was for their Go Green segment in 2011, featuring Swap Positive founder Barb Hughes. Instead of throwing things in the trash, why not put them to use?

Swap Positive’s New Facebook Page!

Elaine Brown, swap host for the new Longview Washington Women and Teens All Size Clothing Swap, has volunteered to create a Swap Positive facebook page!

Elaine used information from the Swap Positive website, with the goal of exposing the Swap Positive concept of Free Frugal Fun to a worldwide audience through facebook.

Elaine has begun posting free swaps that fit Swap Positive criteria (no money changes hands, remainders donated to organizations that give them away not sell them, etc.).

Feel free to check out the page and let Elaine know what you think:)

Swap Positive in the News!

Group shot at Spring Stuff Swap, with Barb on mic 1Swap Positive is in the news!  Gina Edwards says her blog called Impact Explorer , “…aims to connect creative citizen change makers with the tools, resources, and guidance to create impact in their communities.”   Check out the article that includes Swap Positive here.


New Swap Positive Facebook Page

Swap Positive now has a facebook page !  Elaine Brown, Swap coordinator for the Longview Women’s clothing swap, suggested the idea and volunteered to put it together using content from the Swap Positive website.  Feel free to check out the files at the right side of the page and give your feedback.

The idea is to use social media to introduce people world-wide to free swapping, and to educate the public on Us/We thinking where everyone gives, everyone receives, with no money changing hands. Participants have a chance to de-clutter, treasure hunt, help the environment, be philanthropists, and play all at the same time. Hosts donate their time for free, venues donate their space for free, nonprofits and caring individuals pick up the remainders and give them away not sell them, and swappers bring the goodies that make it all happen.

Thanks for being a part in the sharing economy, bringing your generosity and kindness.  I am so grateful to be a part of this group.

Barb Hughes, founder, Swap Positive

The Treasure Hunting Begins…

Swappers were pretty excited about the February size 6-12 (small/medium) clothing swap at the Evergreen Community Church gym (formerly PCL /Presbyterian Church Of Laurelhurst building in NE Portland).  We hadn’t swapped clothes since November 2016 due to the Gift swap in December, and being iced out in January. This is play time for those who love de-cluttering, treasure hunting, and refreshing wardrobes for absolutely free! Plus we had lots of remainders that were picked up this time by the Pay It Forward Store to be shared with others in our community for free.

Everyone who comes to Free Swaps not only gets to de-clutter and have an hour or so of free entertainment, but each person gives AND receives AND is a philanthropist AND helps the environment by keeping usable items out of landfills.  Thank you for being a part of the free frugal fun! Everyone who contributes in a free swap participates in the magic to make it all happen.


Photo taken before the February 11th free swap in NE Portland. Can you feel the buzz of excitement in the room?

Swapper Shay Featured in June Resourceful Portland Article

Remember when Alicia from Resourceful Portland interviewed swappers and took photos at the 2016 Spring Stuff Swap?  Well, check out this amazing story about Swap Positive and Free Swaps featuring swapper Shay Mullins in the June  Resourceful Portland blog!

Sustainability Agency Checks Out Spring Stuff Swap 2016

Hi Swappers!   Looking forward to seeing you this Saturday for the Spring Stuff Swap in NE Portland.  Some special guests are coming: my friend Alicia and some staff from the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS).

If you are a regular or semi-regular swapper, Alicia and Blythe are looking for a swapper or two to ask a few questions on why you like free swaps, get some pictures of you looking happy and having fun, then write an article that will be part of the June Portland Curbsider, and blog posts for BPS!  You might become famous for having free frugal fun, being sustainable, and making a positive difference!  And of course you’ll be freeing yourself of household clutter, and getting some new-to-you things that you’ll use and enjoy, catch up with friends, and be a philanthropist (the PSU Student Re-Use Free Store, and the Paying It Forward Free Store are both recipients of this months remainders)!

Photographer Kristin plans to stage the shots with volunteers, and will let those who don’t want to be photographed know so they can get out of the frame 🙂

I’m excited – I’ve got 2 boxes of clean goodies ready for the free swap, and will be taking one last look around the house, garage, and garden shed to gather and clean up any remaining items in the next day or so.

If you’re looking for a last minute volunteer opportunity, we could use an extra person to bring their vacuum from home and an extension cord.  That way we’ll have two vacuuming volunteers to make sure the venue’s carpeted gym floor is cleaned up after the swap.

Thanks for being a part of the free swapping community.


Gift and Toy Swap a Success

The above video is from the 2015 December Gift and Toy Swap today at the PCL Church in Portland Oregon. This is one of my favorite holiday activities. With 21 volunteers and happiness and community, it felt like one big party. About 160 people RSVP’d. Music, merry making, laughter, friendships made and renewed, recycling, and free frugal fun ensued. Alicia from Resourceful PDX was there to interview some of the swappers and take photos.  The remainders were taken by ‘volunteer santa’ JoAnn, and will be donated to Portland State’s Resource Center for Students with Children and the ReUse Room so more families can enjoy holiday cheer. Thanks to the volunteers and swappers who attended for such a fun and enjoyable event!

If you’d like to see a free swap in action, here’s a video about a stuff/gift swap, and here’s a video about a women’s clothing swap.

ResourcefulPdx did a write-up on Free Swaps!

Alicia Polacok from Resourcefulpdx wanted to learn more about Free Swaps. Along with the keeping items out of landfills and helping conserve resources, Alicia reported on the social and community aspects of Swap Positive/the free swap network.

As a swapper, you may find your smiling face in this article by Resourcefulpdx .

Thank YOU ALL for making Free Swaps happen!

-Barb Hughes

(volunteer coordinator and founder Swap Positive)